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Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) investigators have arrested two suspects accused of burglarizing a home and leaving the elderly homeowner bound with tape and wrapped in a blanket for two days.

On May 3, 2011 about 6 p.m. two men forced their way into the home near Highway 6 and Highway 290 in northwest Harris County. They tied the 76-year-old homeowner with duct tape and wrapped him in a blanket on the floor of his bedroom while they ransacked the home for a couple of hours.

The suspects stole numerous items from the residence including guns, the homeowner’s vehicle, trailer, and riding lawn mower. The homeowner, unable to free himself or call for help, spent the night tied up on his bedroom floor.

The next day the suspects returned and spent about 2 hours cleaning the house, trying to get rid of evidence, with the victim still restrained in the bedroom. On the morning of May 5, the 76-year-old victim thought he was going to die and decided to seek help.

He somehow managed to roll out his back door, down a 100-foot driveway, and down to the road. He lay there until a passing motorist stopped and freed him. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment. On May 16, HCSO deputies arrested two suspects in connection to the case.

They are identified as Erick Carranza and Junior Verlasquez. Both are charged with aggravated robbery and unlawful restraint-serious bodily injury.
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